1. God eternal, timeless moment, unnamed Name of majesty, morning star and evening glory, source of life — its destiny: you yet chose to shape and name us, wove us in the deepest earth; you ordained our days before us, gave us freedom, gave us worth. 2. Jesus, helper in our sorrow, Christ, who helpless chose to be: is it sacrifice to follow you to Calvary's cruel tree? Grant us courage, grant us grace to die to self and love you still; counting all things loss to know you, walk your way and live your will. 3. Holy Spirit, word of wisdom, dove descending, wind and fire: sighing deep beyond our knowledge search our minds, our lives inspire. Tongues of flame and tongues of language blaze the Word of God abroad; may we here translate your wisdom, guide your world to Christ her Lord. 4. God beyond us, God among us, ever three, yet ever one: re-create us, re-confirm us, re-inspire us, lead us on. God eternal, go before us; Christ companion, come beside; Spirit, be the life within, through whom our God is glorified.
Suggested tune: Blaenwern. (Note: Hyfrydol and Abbot's Leigh are not suitable because of enjambment within the text, e.g. 2:5-6; 4:7-8)
See also commentary and notes